'Maniac' trailer: Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star in new Netflix black comedy series

'Maniac' trailer: Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star in new Netflix black comedy series

'Maniac' trailer: Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star as Owen Milgrim and Annie Landsberg, two strangers who are enmeshed in a mysterious pharmaceutical trial.

Netflix has released the trailer to 'Maniac', its new black comedy series starring Academy Award winners Emma Stone and Sally Field, Academy Award-nominee Jonah Hill, and Justin Theroux in prominent roles. Based on a Norwegian television series of the same name by Hakon Bast Mossige and Espen PA Lervaag, the web series is set to premiere on the streaming platform on September 21.

Directed by Cari Joji Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation), the 2:36 minute trailer to 'Maniac' opens with Theroux's Dr. James K. Mantleray questioning Annie Landsberg (Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Hill), about where they think they are and what they think is wrong with them. "It's not therapy, it's science," Mantleray snaps, as Annie wonders whether what she's going through is a form of therapy. 

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in 'Maniac'
Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in 'Maniac'

"Pain can be destroyed. The mind can be solved," the doctor proclaims, with a room full of anxious test subjects half-heartedly applauding his rousing speech. But it soon becomes apparent that the trial may just have some unforeseen consequences.

"How many of your subjects have ended up catatonic?" Field's Dr. Greta Mantleray asks, to which Mantleray unsurely replies: "Zero. Roughly." The rest of the trailer hints at the fact that Annie's and Owen's stories are inherently connected, with each inevitably finding one another as they plummet through multiple different realities in their heads. Describing their current plight to Owen, Annie quite aptly says: "This is some multi-reality brain magic s***."

According to an official description, 'Maniac' tells the stories of Annie and Owen, two strangers who are drawn to the later stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons. Annie’s disaffected and aimless, fixated on broken relationships with her mother and her sister; Owen, the fifth son of wealthy New York industrialists, has struggled his whole life with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia.

Neither of their lives has turned out quite right, and the promise of a new, radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment — a sequence of pills its inventor, Dr. James K. Mantleray, claims can repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak — draws them and ten other strangers to the facilities of Neberdine Pharmaceutical and Biotech for a three-day drug trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently.

The series also stars Sonoya Mizuno, Julia Garner, Jemima Kirke, Geoffrey Cantor, Josh Pais, Rob Yang, Christian DeMarais, Gabriel Bryne, and Billy Magnussen.

Watch the trailer for 'Maniac' here: